|Claibourne Randolph Tatum|
Claibourne Randolph Tatum was born in San Francisco, California on March 15, 1913. Tatum studied at the California School of Fine Arts in the 1930s. He was a member of Frank Van Slound's painting crew for large murals in the rotunda of the Palace of Fine Arts in 1936. At the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939 he assisted Diego Rivera in his murals. Due to religious belief, he was imprisoned at McNeils Island for draft evasion in 1945. A serious automobile accident in 1951 left him depressed and with stiff hands which made future painting difficult. Later in the 1950s he lived in Marin County and eked out a living doing portrait commissions. A resident of Los Angeles during his last years, Tatum died on March 20, 1988.
Member: San Francisco Art Association,
Exhibitions: Artists Coop (San Francisco), 1936.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print